John Ray

 

Ray, John

Biographical Sketch of John Ray

John Ray, an English naturalist regarded as one of the earliest of the English parson-naturalists, published important works on botany, zoology, and natural theology. Elected as a Follow of the Royal Society in 1667.

Born in England, 1672-1705
Naturalist
Founder of Biology

Rays’ Declarations

“Our Understanding too dark and infirm to discover and comprehend all the Ends and Uses to which the infinitely wise Creator did design them”

“My observation and affirmation is that there is no such thing in nature” and he referred to spontaneous generation as “the atheist’s fictitious and ridiculous account of the first production of mankind and other animals.”

The plants and animals were ‘the works created by God at first, and by Him conserved to this day in the same state and condition in which they were first made.’

“The number of corporeal Creatures is unmeasurably great, and known only to the Creator himself.”

“The infinitely Wise Creator hath shewn many instances, that he is not confin’d to one only instrument for the working one Effect, but can perform the same thing by divers means.”

“Our Understanding is too dark and infirm to discover and comprehend all the Ends and Uses to which the infinitely wise Creator did design them”

“We received our Life and Being from a Divine Wisdom and Power.”

Scientific investigation “was a proper exercise of man’s faculties and a legitimate field of Christian inquiry.”

John Ray

Ray was an ordained Anglican, a ‘Puritan’ who was a victim of the 1662 persecution known as the ‘Great Ejection’ after writing the classic – the Wisdom of God

 

 

 

 

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Darwin, Then and Now is a journey through the most amazing story in the history of science - the history of evolution. The book encapsulates who Darwin was, what he said, and what scientists have discovered since the publication of The Origin of Species in 1859.

With over 1,000 references, Darwin Then and Now is a historical chronicle of the rise and fall of the once popular theory of biological evolution.

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